Frontline combat over ACLU's head

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Chad Groening (

A conservative military watchdog doesn't think the ACLU should be shoving its far-left-wing agenda on the nation's military because it compromises national security.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of four female military service members to challenge the Pentagon's ban on women serving in direct frontline combat units. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.

The latest suit demands that the military change its policy that excludes women from units like the infantry, which directly engages enemy forces. The women feel the policy violates constitutional equal protection rights and unfairly blocks women from promotions and other advancements that are open to men in combat.

Donnelly, Elaine (CMR)But Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), says serving in combat units is more than just being put in harm's way.

"Here you have an ultra-liberal legal activist group, the ACLU, going into court, and they don't even know what the definition of combat is," Donnelly submits.

"Direct ground combat means deliberate offensive action against the enemy. In that environment, women do not have an equal opportunity to survive or to help fellow soldiers survive."

And the CMR president points out that the first two women to volunteer for the Marine Corps' grueling 13-week infantry training course at its base in Quantico, Virginia, were unable to complete it.

"That is a tough course," she accounts. "It's tough for men, as well as women. There certainly is not a constitutional right to pass the course, to be designated an infantry Marine or Special Operations Forces Marine, or in the Army."

Donnelly predicts the ACLU lawsuit will ultimately fail.

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